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Ker Place

69 Market St, Onancock, VA 23417-4223
+1 757-787-8012
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very well kept area

very nice house the grounds are well kept and the house which is very old does not smell old,very... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Hampton Roads
A lovely and very interesting house.

The Ker Place is a fascinating place for a history buff like myself. However, the staff seemed a... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Judith S H
Midlothian, Virginia
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Ker Place, formerly named Kerr Place, is the headquarters of the Eastern Shore of Virginia Historical Society located in Onancock, VA. This magnificent Federal period Georgian style house was built in 1799 for prosperous merchant farmer John Shepherd Ker and his wife Agnes Corbin Ker and their family. It is described by the Virginia Historical Landmarks Commission as "the finest and most elaborate Federal mansion on Virginia's Eastern Shore," and "one of the Shore's major architectural landmarks." This house operates as a museum that is open for visitors with trained volunteer docents giving guided tours of the interpretive interior as well as various exhibits, laboratories and research space. It is also used as a venue for weddings and other special events for the community. Tours of the house are available throughout the year by appointment or March - December. We suggest that you call ahead to ensure that a docent will be available.
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  • Average8%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible0%
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69 Market St, Onancock, VA 23417-4223
+1 757-787-8012

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

very nice house the grounds are well kept and the house which is very old does not smell old,very educational

1  Thank mityqwik
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Ker Place is a fascinating place for a history buff like myself. However, the staff seemed a bit disorganized. The docent was late in arriving so another volunteer took us around and did a credible job in describing the downstairs rooms. However, when the...More

1  Thank Judith S H
Reviewed 22 April 2017 via mobile

We visited on a slightly rainy Saturday and we're the o lay visitors at the time so we got a private tour. The house is beautiful with amazing architectural detail that have been refurbished. While none of the furniture is original to the house they...More

1  Thank Stephanie S
Reviewed 21 April 2017 via mobile

The docent was amazing here! James gave me a tour of the facility and had so many historical facts! He adjusted the tour based on the amount of time I had to spend.

Thank K M
Reviewed 18 April 2017

I was amazed at the wealth of objects in the house and the knowlege of the docents. The director is a real hoot! They just opened another exhibit at hopkins store down at the wharf. What a charming town to visit!

Thank poppy5601
Reviewed 14 March 2017

Great events, art and activities are excellent. A work in progress with a dedicated staff. Making history come alive!

Reviewed 21 September 2016 via mobile

This is a stately home dating back to before the American Revolution . The house has been nicely renovated with quiet a few period pieces. The docent (I am so sorry not to remember her name ) was excellent and did a great job of...More

1  Thank Livingthedream999
Reviewed 16 September 2016

Have been several times...much like former Corbin Hall which I was caretaker for many years and just love this part of history

Thank Judie C
Reviewed 17 August 2016

Tour of the house is well worth the effort - one of the better restored homes I've seen. The staff is friendly and interesting. The grounds are well done and kept. Be sure to visit the Herb Garden behind and off to the left of...More

Thank Robert S
Reviewed 3 July 2016

Our guide was so informative, and friendly. The house is an step back into history. The grounds are well maintained. The town is a neat little place to explore.

Thank lag502016
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